A note from Emma’s desk



EmmaDecember is the season to be merry. The year is winding down, the weather is great, making for the perfect excuse for drinks and barbeques, and those highly anticipated work parties are on the calendar.
But as the drinks flow, accidents happen. It is time to be pro-active, make careful decisions, watch how much we are drinking, and, more importantly, organise how we are getting home from these events.
I am one of the first to admit that I know my drinks limit – and nearly always go over it. I am not proud of the fact that I contribute to New Zealand’s binge drinking culture, but I ALWAYS ensure that I have a sober driver home. Even if I haven’t drunk that much, but am feeling fatigued, I would still organise a ride home. I know I have said this before, but making it home safely is better than not making it home at all.
The official holiday period will begin at 4pm on Thursday December 24, 2015 and end at 6am on Tuesday January 5, 2016.
During the 2014/2015 Christmas holiday period, there were 14 fatal crashes and 226 reported injury crashes.
Those crashes resulted in 16 deaths, 78 serious injuries and 267 minor injuries, with 13 of the 16 deaths and about twothirds of the reported injuries occurring on the open road.
The most commonly cited contributing factors for crashes over the Christmas holiday period were losing control, travelling too fast for conditions, inattention, alcohol or drugs, inexperience, failed to give way or stop, did not see other party, too far left and fatigue.
Please, do not become another statistic on New Zealand roads.
We have another three papers to go and I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing! I hope you enjoy another issue full of local news.
What awesome attendance from our community for the Tuakau and Pukekohe Christmas parades. We have more photos on Facebook – be sure to check them out!
We are nearly all set for the Waiuku Christmas parade, which will be held on Saturday at 2pm.
From what I have heard it is certainly one not to miss!

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